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NaNoWriMo Week 3 – Perfection is the Enemy

Perfection is the enemy of done. Truth. Little Miss Perfect CHERYL FASSETT ♦ SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 ♦ Hello, my name is Cheryl, and I am a perfectionist. We need to start an intervention group for perfectionism. Maybe they exist already. [Note to self: Google this because you need help.] I am one of those folks who let perfectionism …

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NaNoWriMo Week 2 – The Monster Under the Bed

For many writers or would-be writers, writer’s block is the big scary thing under the bed. This is Your Brain on Writing CHERYL FASSETT ♦ FEBRUARY 18, 2015 ♦ Last June, an article with the same title was written by Carl Zimmer and appeared in the NY Times. It started, “A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to …

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NaNoWriMo Week 1- The Writing Brain

I am sad that life and juggling work projects has interfered with my chasing NaNoWriMo this year. But, I am still here for moral support for all the crazy writers who took the plunge. And for those of you who have never tried it… It is a roller coaster that I cannot recommend highly enough! …

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Letting Yourself Go

And no, I am not talking about personal grooming here… I am talking about releasing our focus on the results and enjoying the process. In what? In everything! As I always tell my mom-in-law when we are quilting, “Perfection is highly overrated!” If we get too caught up in the perfect seam or perfect corners, …

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Care and Feeding of a Muse

This is another flashback to honor NaNo. It is something that I tend to forget when I let my daily life, work and writing stress me out. The first thing I seem to cut out of my schedule is the care and feeding of my muse. Poor girl has been shoved in a corner and is …

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Drivel or a Kick in the Ass?

I shared this article back in 2012 during NaNoWriMo. Just came across it again today. Excellent article in Time about NaNoWriMo and what it is or is not. Critics of the event say it produces nothing but drivel and crap, but proponents of it say it gets those all important first words down so you …

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Embracing Imperfection

Chasing Imperfection CHERYL FASSETT ♦ APRIL 19, 2012 ♦ 3 COMMENTS “Embrace exuberant imperfection”  (Chris  Baty, No Plot, No Problem) For years, I have been intrigued by the Zen concept of beginner’s mind. In its simplest explanation, it is the ability to allow yourself to be a beginner at something you have done a million times. …

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

This post ends with one of my favorite writing-related videos! Enjoy Write that! CHERYL FASSETT ♦ JULY 16, 2012 ♦ 15 COMMENTS Anyone who has ever attempted to write a story or a book, or even an essay, understands how hard it is to talk about what your are writing.  I imagine that people working …

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